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All Too Human: The Love Story of Jack and Jackie Kennedy Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1997

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Amazon.com Review

Edward Klein shows that, despite their glamorous public lives, the Kennedys were as human as the rest of us. Through details on the couple's most intimate moments, including Jackie's defloration in a Paris elevator, and her amusing, albeit catty, disposition (kept under wraps because of her political standing), the ivory tower of their existence seems less out of reach. With chapter titles such as "Indiscreet," "Love Lies Bleeding," and "Pleasure First" the book reads a bit like a romance novel, but with a biting touch of reality. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As Klein, a former editor of the New York Times Magazine, notes in the acknowledgments for his book, people who knew the Kennedys have been increasingly willing to talk about them since Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's death?which means that a lot of what used to be gossipy conjecture is now being authoritatively fleshed out. Klein lists more than 200 people who agreed to be quoted with attribution for his book, and cites many more sources as well; what he has come up with can surely be regarded, therefore, as thoroughly vouched for. It is an extraordinary story, of the physically frail but sexually voracious President (among many ailments, according to Klein, was a longstanding venereal infection) in a battle of wills with a wife as determined to live her own life as he was to live his. Her passion as a mother seems to have been the only constant for her, having lost two children, one by miscarriage and the other at birth (the two others were born with difficulty); and the book begins and ends with her trying to ensure that John and Caroline hear only the best about their father. For Kennedy, despite all his charm, comes across as a ruthlessly selfish person who found close relationships, other than those with macho bragging companions, difficult. For all Klein's efforts to put some heart into the marriage?and it certainly seems clear that they were growing closer at the time the President was shot?much of their life together seems to have been inspired by opportunism on both sides. What will strike many readers is how emotionally difficult?"all too human"?the Kennedys were: he with his brash drive, his deep cynicism, his basic contempt for women (as learned from his father), she with her spoiled upbringing and passionate attachment to her own lamentable father. Klein's book is a swift, dramatic and colorful read, even if he hasn't painted quite the picture he seems to think he has. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Vanity Fair; BOMC selection.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket; First Edition edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671501917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671501914
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love biographies, and have read several on the Kennedy's. This is one of my favorites. It gives you a very in depth look at the real relationship between Jack and Jackie, which is, as the title says, "All Too Human". The book, which reads almost like a novel, starts with the first meeting of Jackie and Jack, and carries you all the way through until Jack was assassinated in November of 1963. Edward Klein was a personal friend of Jackie's for a number of years, which made him privy to alot of information. Some points of interest include Jack's affairs and womanizing, Jackie's feelings on being a politician's wife, Joe Kennedy's role in their relationship, how the death of their son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, brought Jack and Jackie closer than they'd ever been before, only to have it taken away on that fateful day in Dallas, and Jackie's relationship with her parents. Of course, there is a ton of other information in this book, but these are just a few. After reading this book, I read "Just Jackie: Her Private Years", which is also by Edward Klein. It picks up where "All Too Human" leaves off (shortly after the assassination of JFK). I highly recommend both books to anyone interested in reading about the Kennedys and Jackie O.
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This is a great look into the Kennedy's lives. It is honest and yet it is sensitive. Did anyone really think it was Camelot? Maybe for one, brief, shining moment, but the rest of their lives were not. It's an interesting look into life among the "aristocracy" in our nation. The extremely wealthy. Expectations and values vary greatly from the rest of us. Helps us to understand them better. Ed Klein is a great author. I've read several of his books. This one is well documented. It is a very fast and interesting read.
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Really enjoyed this book. It tells a view of bother Jackie and JFK in the relationship. Very sad the way she was treated in the relationship. Puts another light on the character of JFK. I don't believe him to be such a great man after all. It's a very good book for information. It's very sad that not u till the very end of his life did he begin to realize the worth of a good woman. She was married and used for his career and cast to the side as an art piece for people to view. Then he realized she was worth more than he could have asked for, but the damage was already done by is womanizing. She loved him so very much and tried to be a good wife and mother to her children. Ended up conquering America and several other countries with her knowledge, beauty and style. Was a very good read
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This book tells the touching story of the relationship between Jack and Jackie Kennedy. It is well-written and is a sympathetic telling of their relationship. I enjoyed it very much - better than most of the books about the Kennedys on the market.
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As a high school student you loves history, I found this book to be wonderful. As I read it, I had to remind myself that these were real people,-- Jack was the President dealing with the Mafia and Marilyn Monroe. Although JFK had a relativly short time as President, (just a "1,000" days), he had such an impact on our society. It was amazing to learn about his and Jackie's family life,--how they were brought together, the affairs, and the loss of their son Patrick. The Kennedy's have truly become America's Royal family.
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This book made me feel as if I was there, observing their marriage. I especially felt the hurt of Jacqueline when JFK would stray.
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I like to think of myself as a Kennedy expert- I know almost every little detail about the life of this amazing family. Actually, it's become a major fascination over the last few years. I wrote an extensive report on the family and did a great deal of research and came across this book, which I just reread. Again, I was completely mesmerized by this wonderful book by Edward Klein. He was really lucky to have know the family and have such an intimate relationship with these very tortured people. Many seem to forget that they were human like everyone else and had their share of problems and upsets in life. Klein, as a friend of both Jack and Jackie's, makes the story come alive with word for word converstaions from those who were closest to the Kennedy's. I was especially touched by the end of the book where Jack is shot on that fateful day in November of 1963. I cry everytime I read it and think how horrible it must have been for Jackie to not only witness her husband's death, but move on after the tragedy with grace and dignity. I highly recommend this book and if there is anyone who has a similar interest in the Kennedys, please e-mail me. This book is really worth the read.
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The Kennedys may have lived in the White House but in many respects were just like the neighbors who seemed like the perfect White Picket Fence family. Both the myth and fascination with the Kennedys is shattered here. It's an intimate take on the family politics of one of the most intriguing American political dynasties.
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